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In cooperation with European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) from Belgium and European partners (Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, United Kingdom and Iceland GONG is implementing the Digital Ecosystem for e-participation Linking Youth (DEEP-Linking Youth) project devoted to digital democracy. The project encompasses research and the creation of a digital ecosystem for youth engagement on a common task to provide quality input to decision-making concerning the future of student mobility and the Erasmus + Programme.
We bring you an open letter sent to all Heads of State and Government of the European Union by the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), on behalf of 52 organizations having signed it, to ask that the Trade Secrets Protection Directive, due to be examined during the next Agriculture Council on May 17, is further amended before its final approval to protect crucial freedoms and rights.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) voted unanimously in favour of a resolution on the current refugee crisis, expressing a common concern on part of representatives of employers, trade unions and civil society organisations across the EU.
Centre for Peace Studies (CMS), Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity (CROSOL), Association of Croatian Trade Unions, Group 22 and Centre for Labour studies, are expressing deep concern over the serious threat to the fundamental European values of democracy, solidarity, social justice and human rights protection in the case of the current Greek debt crisis. These values are not threatened by marginal groups, extremists or an "external enemy", but rather by the major European institutions that are relentlessly imposing a policy of cuts and sale of key national resources in exchange for facilitating debt repayment to creditors. Thereby, CMS, CROSOL, Association of Croatian Trade Unions, Group 22 and the Centre for Labour Studies are joining the strong criticism voiced by civil society organizations across the EU (SOLIDAR network and the Alter Summit petition), addressed to EU institutions which are turning the Greek debt crisis into a crisis of European democracy.
Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was in Croatia's interest, criticising an interpellation of 21 Croatian members of parliament regarding the matter of this trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.
A revisionist relationship to Antifascist history is not only a Croatian problem, although that is no comfort. “Unusual” changes to history are also an issue in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. Despite everything, however, there are “resistance movements” that are trying to preserve Antifascism as a pledge from the past to the future – this was the message from GONG’s conference of the same name held in the Croatian Journalists Association on May 7 – a day before the 70th anniversary since the liberation of Zagreb and the victory over Fascism.
I always welcome invitations to professional conferences. They are always an opportunity to hear and learn something new, to exchange ideas and views with colleagues. The focus of my interest is the study of the Holocaust – a subject that, for some, still belongs to sensitive historic subjects. For me, the further away a conference is from home, the better my feelings about participating; the closer it is to the Homeland (with a capital 'H'), the worse the knot in my stomach. Why? Because in Croatia, sensitive subjects are slowly being transformed into taboo subjects.
Apart from the usual labels of being a Yugo-nostalgic, Freemason, Jew, Serb, foreign mercenary etc., speaking publicly about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism has secured me overt death threats, just as has speaking publicly about Antifascism. That is why I find it hard to explain to my colleagues from the U.S. or the Netherlands why I am so excited about organizing an online quiz entitled „70 years since victory was won“. What's the big deal? The big deal is the fact that, in 2015, someone would call you an „Antifascist“, meant as an offense.
When reading about the events regarding the relationship towards Antifascist values in former Yugoslav countries, we can reach the conclusion, probably rightly so, that in Montenegro the situation is not that bad. The uprising of July 3 1941, a symbol of the Antifascist struggle in Yugoslavia, had become the Statehood Day of Montenegro. Still, this was aided by the fact that Montenegro gained international recognition on the same day in 1878 at the Berlin Congress, so there was no dilemma that July 13 would get its proper treatment.
“Professor, how is it possible that, as an elementary school pupil, I learned that the Partisans were good and the Četniks were bad; as a secondary school student, I learned that Partisans were good, but so were the Četniks; and today, in University, I am learning that Partisans were bad and Četniks were good?”
“Dear colleague, it is called ‘transition’!”